Genealogy at the Bristow Library

Are you searching for your Roots?

We’ve got you covered! In our genealogy room, we have tons of materials for you to look through in your search for answers. Besides shelves full of history books and genealogy books, our collection includes two microfilm machines with reels of local newspapers, local records, genealogy magazines to flip through, and an index to plots in the Bristow City Cemetery. Click on the tabs below to see a rundown of what’s available at the library and for links to helpful genealogy databases from around the country!

The genealogy room is open all day during library hours. Just please sign in on the clipboard by the door to show that you were here! By showing how many people use our room and materials, we can get funding to keep everything running.

New to genealogy?

If you’re just getting started and are not quite sure what to look for, come in and our genealogy worker will help you out! Just check the schedule below to see when she’s in (it is subject to change every now and then, so please check before you come for help). You can also come by during one of the Genealogy Society’s meetings and see if you want to join them to get ideas for your research and to ask questions.

Can’t come in but need information?

If you live too far away or are busy all of the time, you can still request information. You can call us or send an email to ask your questions. If you are requesting an obituary, please download a request form below and send it to us through email or snail mail. You can also call us, you’ll just have to give us the same information over the phone.

*NEW* Check out our Digital Collections!

We are digitizing our resources for use outside of the library! Take a look every week to see what’s new at Bristow Library Digital Collections. Starting with the yearbooks, we plan on adding records every Saturday!


Schedule

Genealogy Room Hours
(Same as Library Hours)
Tuesday – Friday
Saturday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Genealogy Society Meetings1st Thursday of Every Month3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Call the Bristow Library at (918) 367-6562 or email us at joneslibrarybristow@gmail.com for more information.


Free Access to Ancestry.com

Only available on library computers
Check out a computer and start searching for records! Our subscription to the library edition of Ancestry.com includes both nation-wide and world-wide records, printable charts and forms, and a learning center with useful tips and information.


Free Access to Newspapers.com

Avaliable on library computers and from home!
Check out a computer and start searching for records or click on the link below to start searching from the comfort of your own home! Just log in using your library card number. If you have any issues or forgot your number, please call the library so we can help you.

Newspapers.com Library Edition

Free Access to HeritageQuest Online

Available on library computers and from home!
Check out a computer and start searching for records or click on the link below to access HeritageQuest from home! Sign in using your library card number to search through census records, view maps, and much much more.

HeritageQuest Online Library Edition

Microfilm

Scroll through over 100 years of Bristow newspapers and find obituaries, wedding announcements, birth announcements, advertisements and so much more!
Also available are a few newspapers from Depew, Oilton, and Sapulpa, as well as some select US Federal Censuses.

Article Citation: April 1, 1915 – The Bristow Record


Yearbooks

Only viewable on request
Come in and flip through our collection of yearbooks from Bristow High School! The earliest yearbooks we have are from 1924 and 1927, way back when the annual was called The Wildcatter instead of The Log!
You never know what you will find!


Cemetery Records

Need help locating a grave in the Bristow City Cemetery? We can help you out!
Come in and tell us the deceased relative’s name and we’ll look them up in the cemetery’s lot index and pinpoint the location on a map for you.


Obituaries

If you’re having trouble finding an obituary or just don’t know how to get started, we have a great resource that can help. In our collection, we have 45 binders full of obituary transcriptions, all handwritten by a wonderful local lady. The obituaries are organized in alphabetical order by surname, and for some articles, there are footnotes about their lives and who they were!


Phone Books

Not sure if an ancestor lived in the Bristow area way back when? You might be able to find their name in an old directory. We have copies of directories from 1925 to 1939 and some original phonebooks from 1966 to 1997.


Local History

Looking for information about local history in general? Well you’re in luck!
In our Genealogy Room, you can find books and binders FULL of information!

Our collection includes:

  • C. H. Purdy Diary
    A diary chronicling the happenings in the early days of Bristow between 1898 and 1915
  • Company G – National Guard
    A compilation of newspaper articles regarding the local National Guard unit from 1946 to 1959.
  • Local Family Histories
    Some families in the area have donated binders full of their stories, pictures, and research. Maybe you’ll find a relative among them!
  • County Histories
    We have county and city history books from across the state! Our Creek County books include Drumright, Shamrock, and Sapulpa.
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

Bristow Genealogy Society

Need help finding information or hit a brick wall? The Genealogy Society might be able to help!
You can come to a meeting and ask your questions. You may decide to join!

For more information: http://www.bristowlibrary.okpls.org/genealogy-society


Bristow Historical Society & Museum

Visit the Train Depot Museum and explore the history of our town! They also have records and pictures to look at if you ask for help with your research.

For more information: https://www.bristowhistory.org/

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Bristow Oral Histories Oral Histories transcribed and digitized by the Bristow Historical Society FREE
Bristow Maps and Phone Directories Early day maps and phone directories digitized by the Bristow Historical Society FREE
Oklahoma State Vital Records Index Search Oklahoma death and birth records. FREE
Oklahoma Digital Prairie Search through the Oklahoma State Archives and look through assorted documents, pictures, yearbooks, and other records FREE
Oklahoma Gateway Search through pictures, documents, newspapers, and maps in the Oklahoma State Historical Society’s Database FREE
Oklahoma State Historical Society Research Center Databases include indexes to multiple censuses, indexes, and more FREE
Oklahoma State Courts Network Database Search through court records by county and courthouses. These include some wills, probate, marriage, and other records. FREE
On Demand Court Records Search through Oklahoma court records by county and courthouses. These include some wills, probate, marriage, and other records. (this is a second version of OSCN) FREE
Oklahoma Climatological Survey – Past & Local Data Click on links to look at past weather data. This can be helpful for finding out what the weather was like on a certain day if you are doing background research on an ancestor’s life. FREE
Oklahoma State Digital Archives Search through some of OSU’s Archives. It includes oral histories from across the state, yearbooks, pictures, and other information. FREE
Oklahoma State Digital Archives – Oklahoma Maps Includes WPA maps of townships with labled farms and land owners along with other historical maps. FREE

Links for Nation-wide Sources

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Ancestry Search through millions of records from across the US and the world, depending on subscription.
Is also availiable for free on library computers
Paid Subscription
FamilySearch This is a free database with millions of records, most of which you have to skim through yourself, but it has more and different records than Ancestry. Used in combination, you can find a ton of information from these two sites. Free Subscription
US National Archives Research Database Search through the National Archives Database and skim through US Censuses, some military records, videos, pictures, and more FREE
Soldiers & Sailors Database National Park Service database to search for Civil War soldiers and sailors. It’s very helpful for finding clues about ancestors who served on either side. FREE
The Official Federal Land Records Site Search through the database using names or township, range, section, meridian, and state information to find maps and land patent information. This is great for finding out about where ancestors lived. FREE
Library of Congress Digital Collections Search through the digital collections and maybe find information on counties or states that ancestors lived in. FREE
Chronicling America Library of Congress project to digitize American newspapers from across the country into a searchable database. FREE
Community History Archive Newspaper Directory This is a collaboration between libraries across the country that digitize newspapers and put it in a searchable database. Filter through the directory and then click on the map pin of a newspaper you want to search. FREE
Newspapers.com Search through newspapers from all over the US. More are being uploaded daily. Paid Subscription
Find A Grave Search through cemetery graves for clues on where your ancestors are buried. These are updated by public users. FREE
Search ABMC Burials and Memorials Search for names of casualties from WWI to the Vietnam War that have been buried at overseas military cemeteries, memorials, or are listed on the Walls of the Missing. FREE
Ellis Island Passenger Search Search for passenger records for immigrant ancestors that passed through Ellis Island. Free Subscription

Links for State Resources

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ADAH Digital Collections The Alabama Department of Archives & History digital collections database. This includes newspapers, historic records, pictures, and more. FREE
ADAH – Explore Our Collections ADAH Collections list with links to different databases and information. Databases include: Electronic Records Collections, Civil War Soldiers Database, 1867 Voter Registration Database, and World War I Goldstar Database FREE
Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections Searchable database containing newspapers, books, historic records, and pictures. FREE
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Arizona Genealogy Record Search Search for Arizona Vital Records and view images of vital records. FREE
National Park Service Mission 2000 Database for Pimeria Alta missions records in Arizona dating from the 1600s to mid-1800s in Southern Arizona and the Northern Sonora, Mexico. It contains records for deaths, births, baptisms, marriages, and other events. FREE
Arizona Historical Digital Newspapers Database of Arizona newspapers through the Arizona State Library. FREE
Arizona Memory Project Searchable collections of Arizona history including newspapers, oral histories, pictures, and more. FREE
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Arkansas State Archives This goes to the collections information page for the Arkansas State Archives. The page has links to regional collections (mostly from universities), of which some have viewable records. FREE
Arkansas Death Certificate Search and Order Service Searchable database for Arkansas death records between 1935 and 1961. FREE
Arkansas Gravestone Photo Project This is a database project to digitize cemeteries in Arkansas FREE
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California Digital Newspaper Collection Searchable database for newspapers in California FREE
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Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection Searchable collection of over 2 million historic newspapers from Colorado. FREE
Plains to Peaks Historic Newspapers A joint project between the Colorado Historic Newspapers Project and the Wyoming Newspapers Project to make one searchable database to find articles from both states. FREE
Colorado State Archives Searchable database for historical records in the Colorado State Archives FREE
Denver Public Library’s Digital Collections Searchable database containing historic records, pictures, maps, and more FREE
Colorado Marriage Records 1858-1939 Link to the Denver Public Library’s Digital Collections database. FREE
Colorado Gravestone Photo Project Project to document cemeteries and headstones in Colorado FREE
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Illinois State Archives Databases A list of free, searchable databases from the Illinois State Archives. These include multiple death indexes, land records, veterans indexes, birth indexes, marriage indexes, case files, and more. FREE
Illinois Digital Newspapers Collection A project by the University of Illinois to digitize state newspapers into a searchable database. FREE
Lawrence County Digital Newspapers A searchable database for local newspapers through Community History Archive FREE
Quincy Public Library Digital Newspapers A searchable database for local newspapers from Quincy, Illinois FREE
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Hoosier State Chronicles A searchable database for Indiana newspapers, created by the Indiana Digital Historic Newspaper Program FREE
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Iowa Culture – Newspapers List of Iowa newspapers that are digitized and online, with links to each database. FREE
Digital Archives of Southeast Iowa Newspaper collection through Advantage-Preservation. It’s a searchable database containing newspapers from southeast Iowa. FREE
Digital Archives of Monroe County Historical Society Searchable database of newspapers from Monroe County FREE
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Kansas State Historical Society The research index for the KSHS with links to tons of searchable databases for Kansas history and genealogy. FREE
Kansas Digital Newspapers This is a link through the Kansas State Historical Society to view all Kansas newspapers that have been digitized with Newspapers.com for free. FREE
Kansas Memory A digital archive with historical records and information from all across Kansas. Very useful for background research about areas where ancestors lived. FREE
Territorial Kansas Online, 1854-1861 Compilation of records from Territorial Kansas. Good for background research. FREE
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Kentucky Digital Newspaper Program A searchable database for Kentucky newspapers created by the University of Kentucky. FREE
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Missouri Digital Heritage A collection of databases and records through the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library, and other institutions and organizations in Missouri. FREE
Missouri Digital Newspaper Project This is a list of links to Missouri newspapers that have been uploaded to Newspapers.com and Chronicalling America. With the Newspaper.com uploads, when you click on one, you are automatically taken to the Newspapers.com-Missouri site, and you can search the whole state for free. FREE
Missouri Birth & Death Records Database, Pre-1910 Searchable databases for birth and death records before 1910. FREE
Missouri Death Certificates, 1910 – 1970 This is a searchable database, with downloadable images of death certificates through Missouri Digital Heritage. FREE
The Missouri Death Index Search for names and death dates of people who have died between 1968 and 2015. This is good for finding relatives that you already know the date of death and/or name of. FREE
Soldiers’ Records: War of 1812 – World War I Searchable database of Missouri military records. Some have images attached to them. FREE
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Nebraska Newspapers Searchable database for digitized newspapers in Nebraska, created by the University of Nebraska. FREE
History Nebraska Link to the History Nebraska website, which has genealogy and historical resources for the state. FREE
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New Mexico Digital Collections Database for historical documents and pictures through the University of New Mexico FREE
New Mexico Historical Newspapers Searchable digital newspaper archive created by the University of New Mexico FREE
Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Obituary Database Searchable obituary database covering New Mexico newspapers from the 1860s to present, created by the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library. FREE
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North Carolina Early Newspapers Database through North Carolina State Archives to search in digitized newspapers from 1752-1898 FREE
North Carolina Newspapers Database from the North Carolina State Archives to search through digitized newspapers from 1752-present FREE
North Carolina Digital Collections Joint project between the North Carolina State Archives and the North Carolina State Library to create a searchable database containing historic records, newspapers, pictures, and more. FREE
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Ohio Memory A Collaborative Program of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio. It is a searchable database for Ohio history, including historic records, newspapers, pictures, and more. FREE
Ohio Memory – Newspapers Link to a list of Ohio Newspapers that have been digitized. FREE
The Digital Shoebox Project A collaboration between libraries in southeastern Ohio to make a searchable database with historic records from that area. FREE
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Oregon Historic Newspapers Searchable newspaper database from the University of Oregon FREE
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The Portal to Texas History Database for Texas History, much like our Oklahoma Gateway. It includes searchable newspapers, books, pictures, and more. FREE
Texas Marriage Certificate Search Database of Texas Marriage Records from 1966-2013 FREE
Texas Divorce Search Database of Texas Divorce Records from 1966-2013 FREE
Courthouse Direct Searchable court record database for Texas, California, and New Mexico. FREE
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Utah Digital Newspapers Searchable database for digital newspapers from Utah. FREE
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Virginia Chronicle The Library of Virginia’s database containing newspapers from all over the state. FREE
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Plains to Peaks Historic Newspapers A joint project between the Colorado Historic Newspapers Project and the Wyoming Newspapers Project to make one searchable database to find articles from both states. FREE